Technology Expert Steve Ramey Retires After 45 Years

Steve Ramey retires after 45 years of credit union service.

Steve Ramey began his career with a company called Comchat on January 10, 1977. He was a green college graduate, 22 years old, with a BBA degree in Information Systems from the University of Georgia. Comchat was a subsidiary of Combustion Federal Credit Union and Chattanooga TVA Employees Federal Credit Union. Comchat was a combination […]

Ascend Federal Credit Union Announces CEO Succession Plan

Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel plans to retire.

Ascend Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee, announced that Ascend President and CEO Caren Gabriel plans to retire on April 7 and Executive Vice President Matt Jernigan will assume CEO duties the next day. Working to find the best person for the position, Gabriel and the Ascend Board of Directors conducted […]

Celebrating 100 Years of Tennessee Credit Unions

Tennessee Credit Unions Celebrate 100 Years.

One hundred years ago Austin Peay had just begun his first term as Tennessee’s governor. When Peay took office in 1923, Tennessee was more than $3 million in debt and ranked 49th per capita expenditures for government services. The state’s educational system ranked last in teacher salaries and 43rd in per-pupil expenditure. There were few […]

Ascend Federal Credit Union Appoints Melanie Cook as Corporate Communications Lead

Ascend FCU Corporate Communications Lead

Ascend Federal Credit Union, Middle Tennessee’s largest credit union, announced today that it has appointed Melanie Cook as corporate communications lead. Cook will report directly to Vice President of Marketing Lisa Hayes and is responsible for member communications, public relations, content creation and messaging for marketing and internal communications. “We are excited to welcome Melanie […]

Southern Security Recognized for Financial Literacy and Social Responsibility Work

Southern Security Recognized by CUNA Awards

The National Credit Union Association (CUNA) recently awarded Southern Security with the 2nd place Desjardins Financial Literacy Award and an honorable mention Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Award. Awarded by the National Award Committee for CUNA, these awards shine a light on the exciting and inspiring ways that the people helping people philosophy is used to […]

The Tennessee Credit Union Turns Overripe Bananas Into Pop-Up Banana Baking Contest

The Tennessee Credit Union

You are what you eat is an ancient saying that still rings true today. It is always great to see financial institutions inspire others to eat better in a fun, creative way. The Tennessee Credit Union provides fruit in their breakroom to encourage employees to eat healthier snacks and to improve their overall wellness. What […]

Skyline Credit Union Hosts Christmas Club Event

Skyline Credit Union

Skyline Credit Union, headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., was able to host its annual Christmas Party this year for members with Christmas Club accounts on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Skyline Medical Center. The party was canceled for the last two years because of COVID-19. Members were very excited […]

Ascend Federal Credit Union Members Share $5 Million End-of-Year Payment

Ascend Federal Credit Union

Ascend Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee, announced in early December that it will return $5 million to members in the form of bonus dividend payments, loan interest refunds and reward payments for loyal debit card use. With the addition of this year’s return, Ascend’s volunteer, unpaid board of directors has […]

The Globalized Threat of Ransomware and What Your Organization Can Do to Combat It

How to Prevent RansomwareWith state-run banks and military agencies being targeted, the recent Russian-led attacks in Ukraine have brought the issue of cybersecurity to the forefront, exposing vulnerabilities at the highest levels. As a result, multiple government cybersecurity agencies have released notices to the financial sector to strengthen cyber defenses in anticipation of broader cyberattacks […]